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National Team Rankings – May 2018

How It Works
Taking into account all scores recorded at competitions in the last six months, each nation is given a team total based on how its best-scoring group of five senior gymnasts would do in a hypothetical 3-up, 3-count team final.

Each individual’s best scores may come from any official competition (they need not all be from the same meet), and whichever group of five gymnasts would produce the highest score is the one selected.

Countries that have not shown enough senior routines in the last six months to fill a 3-up, 3-count team on each event are not included.

Rankings will be updated on the first of each month, and scores will expire after six months in order to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of where nations are at the current moment. The current rankings include only scores from November 2017–April 2018.

Leaving the rankings this month were South Korea, Greece, Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia, Taiwan, Latvia, and Denmark, temporarily without three scores on each event in the last six months to put together a full team. Rejoining the rankings this month were Romania, Malaysia, India, and Sri Lanka.

Last month’s ranking is in parentheses. Continue reading National Team Rankings – May 2018

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National Team Rankings – April 2018

How It Works
Taking into account all scores recorded at competitions in the last six months, each nation is given a team total based on how its best-scoring group of five senior gymnasts would do in a hypothetical 3-up, 3-count team final.

Each individual’s best scores may come from any official competition (they need not all be from the same meet), and whichever group of five gymnasts would produce the highest score is the one selected.

Countries that have not shown enough senior routines in the last six months to fill a 3-up, 3-count team on each event are not included.

Rankings will be updated on the first of each month, and scores will expire after six months in order to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of where nations are at the current moment. The current rankings include only scores from October 2017–March 2018.

Leaving the rankings this month was Romania (RIP), temporarily without enough scores on each event in the last six months to put together a full team. Rejoining the rankings this month were Turkey, Singapore, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand.

Last month’s ranking is in parentheses. Continue reading National Team Rankings – April 2018

Week 11 Rankings and Final RQS Scenarios

With conference championships on the way this weekend, just one more competition remains for teams to adjust their RQSs and change their fates heading into regionals. This is your weekly look at who’s safe, who’s not, and where everyone might still end up.

But first, here’s what the regionals draw would look like if the season ended right at this moment.

Regional A: 1. Oklahoma, 12. Arkansas, 13. Denver
Regional B: 2. LSU, 11. Oregon State, 14. Nebraska
Regional C: 3. UCLA, 10. Cal, 15. Boise State
Regional D: 4. Utah (host), 9. Kentucky, 16. Auburn
Regional E: 5. Florida, 8. Washington, 17. Arizona State
Regional F: 6. Alabama (host), 7. Michigan, 18. Georgia

Can we talk about how badly you want regional F to end up this way? #sorrynotsorry

Next year, we won’t have to deal with this nonsense in its current form, and I’m not nostalgic about that at all. I can’t wait to throw this postseason format into the garbage where it belongs.

Plus, next year we also get the play-in meets, which I’m already excited about.

If you’re not up on it: Beginning in 2019, instead of the top 36 teams all automatically advancing to what we currently call “regionals,” the top 28 will automatically advance to the second round of the NCAA postseason, while teams 29-36 will compete in the first round: four dual meets, the winners of which advance to the second round with the other 28 teams (making 32 teams in all).

So if it were right now, those first-round teams would be Maryland, Stanford, Southern Utah, Kent State, Pitt, New Hampshire, Central Michigan, and Iowa. Yes please.

Now, onto the RQSs. Scores in bold will be part of the six scores used for final RQS and can no longer be removed.


1. Oklahoma – 198.120
Road Score 1: 198.175
Road Score 2: 198.125
Road Score 3: 198.050
Home/Road Score 1: 198.375
Home/Road Score 2: 198.150
Home/Road Score 3: 198.100
RQS: 198.120

Maximum possible RQS: 198.185
Possible ranking range: 1

Oklahoma set the all-time RQS record with its Friday meet (breaking UCLA’s record of 198.055 from 2004), and built on that with Sunday’s score. So things are kind of fine and Oklahoma has already clinched the final #1 regular season ranking. 


2. LSU – 197.890
Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 197.575
Road Score 3: 197.575
Home/Road Score 1: 198.175
Home/Road Score 2: 198.125
Home/Road Score 3: 198.100
RQS: 197.890

Maximum possible RQS: 198.010
Possible ranking range: 2-3

LSU is back up to #2 but could still flip-flop with UCLA depending on the results at their respective conference championships. The most likely outcome is that LSU will stay #2, since UCLA would have to score 197.900 at Pac-12s to have a shot to pass, and that’s only if LSU scores 197.575 or lower at SECs. The higher LSU goes at SECs, the more it will require of UCLA.

LSU can clinch #2 outright regardless of what UCLA does with a 198.000.


3. UCLA – 197.840
Road Score 1: 197.800
Road Score 2: 197.750
Road Score 3: 197.625
Home/Road Score 1: 198.275
Home/Road Score 2: 198.075
Home/Road Score 3: 197.950
RQS: 197.840

Maximum possible RQS: 197.970
Possible ranking range: 2-3

See scenario outlined above.


4. Utah – 197.540
Road Score 1: 197.550
Road Score 2: 197.550
Road Score 3: 197.450
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.700
Home/Road Score 3: 197.450
RQS: 197.540

Maximum possible RQS: 197.680
Possible ranking range: 4-5

Utah cannot catch UCLA and will therefore be just looking to fend off Florida . Utah has the slightly higher maximum and can therefore control what happens, but since the maximums are pretty close, it would take 198.050 at Pac-12s for Utah to clinch outright. That’s a tough ask, so much of Utah’s prospects will depend on what Florida scores at SECs earlier in the day, a score Utah fans will be watching to see if there’s any ranking danger heading into their performance.


5. Florida – 197.365
Road Score 1: 197.400
Road Score 2: 196.950
Road Score 3: 196.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.925
Home/Road Score 3: 197.850
RQS: 197.365

Maximum possible RQS: 197.655
Possible ranking range: 4-5

Florida will have to score 197.575 or more to have any chance to equal Utah, otherwise the #4 ranking belongs to the Utes. If Florida does break that mark at SECs, however, then Utah will have to score better than
197.450 at Pac-12s to maintain its advantage, in proportion to how much Florida breaks 197.575 by.

Continue reading Week 11 Rankings and Final RQS Scenarios

RQS Update – Week 10

Here’s your weekly look at the RQS picture, including what RQS each team can reach based on scores from the week’s upcoming meets. We’re getting down to it now, and with several teams already done until conference championships, the picture is becoming quite a bit clearer.

**This now includes the results from Tuesday night, which is why it will differ from Monday’s official weekly rankings.

But first, as I did last week, this is what the regionals draw would look like if the season ended right at this moment.

Regional A: 1. Oklahoma, 12. Nebraska, 13. Oregon State
Regional B: 2. UCLA, 11. Arkansas, 14. Auburn
Regional C: 3. LSU, 10. Cal, 15. Denver
Regional D: 4. Utah (host), 9. Kentucky, 16. Boise State
Regional E: 5. Florida, 8. Washington, 17. Arizona State
Regional F: 6. Alabama (host), 7. Michigan, 18. George Washington

Do I need to complain about the highest-ranked teams getting punished with the most challenging regionals again? Yes? OK good. In this setup, you would rather be ranked 4-6 than 1-3, which makes NO DAMN SENSE.

In cast you were curious, this year’s regional event draw is
#1 seed – Floor (end on bye)
#2 seed – Beam (end on bars)
#3 seed – Bye (end on beam)
#4 seed – Bye (end on vault)
#5 seed – Bars (end on bye)
#6 seed – Vault (end on floor)

I like the 2-3 seeds ending on bars and beam.

Now, onto the RQSs. Scores in bold will be part of the six scores used for final RQS and can no longer be removed.

1. Oklahoma – 197.995
Road Score 1: 198.125
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.550
Home/Road Score 1: 198.375
Home/Road Score 2: 198.150
Home/Road Score 3: 198.100
RQS: 197.995

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 198.160

Oklahoma competes twice this weekend, which will simply serve as more opportunity to run the RQS up into the stratosphere. In the first meet, the score to watch out for is 197.875, what Oklahoma needs to set a new all-time RQS record. With three meets left, setting the record seems inevitable at this point, but it could happen as soon as Friday.

Regardless, Oklahoma has already secured the #1 ranking for another week.


2. UCLA – 197.840
Road Score 1: 197.800
Road Score 2: 197.750
Road Score 3: 197.625
Home/Road Score 1: 198.275
Home/Road Score 2: 198.075
Home/Road Score 3: 197.950
RQS: 197.840

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.970

UCLA recorded a 198.275 on Tuesday (didn’t do a live blog, so summary: UCLA’s best meet of the year, vault was shockingly excellent, some issues in the second half, Carol sure wasn’t going to miss senior night, maybe a real-world 197.6?), a performance which allows the Bruins to move ahead of LSU for the moment, though with UCLA idle until Pac-12s, LSU will have a chance to re-pass UCLA over the weekend.


3. LSU – 197.755
Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 197.575
Road Score 3: 197.575
Home/Road Score 1: 198.175
Home/Road Score 2: 198.100
Home/Road Score 3: 197.450
RQS: 197.755

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.900

LSU is #2 in the weekly rankings but #3 in the in-progress rankings after UCLA’s Tuesday performance. The Tigers do have one more meet before the conference championship and can stay ahead of UCLA in Monday’s rankings by scoring 197.850 against Arizona on Saturday.


4. Utah – 197.415
Road Score 1: 197.550
Road Score 2: 197.550
Road Score 3: 197.450
Home/Road Score 1: 197.700
Home/Road Score 2: 197.450
Home/Road Score 3: 197.075
RQS: 197.415

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.540

Utah is already set at #4 for next Monday’s rankings, not able to catch UCLA and—with Florida on a rest week—unable to be caught by any other team. It’s extremely unlikely that Utah will move higher than 4th at this point (it would take two scores of 198.5 in the final two meets), but Florida still presents a danger after conference championships.


5. Florida – 197.365
Road Score 1: 197.400
Road Score 2: 196.950
Road Score 3: 196.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.925
Home/Road Score 3: 197.850
RQS: 197.365

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.655

Florida is off this weekend, so that maximum RQS refers to where Florida can go after SECs—and is therefore Florida’s maximum possible final RQS on the season. With enough of a lead over the trailing teams, Florida is guaranteed to stay #5 this week despite not competing.

Continue reading RQS Update – Week 10

Week 10 Rankings

1. Oklahoma Sooners

RQS: 197.995
Previous ranking: 1

Oklahoma went 198 for the sixth time this season, a feat that essentially (though not yet mathematically) locks up the regular-season #1 ranking for the 4th consecutive year. We still have yet not seen truly peak Oklahoma—in this 198, there was a beam fall, some non-ideal floor landings, hopping on vault—which will give the Sooners hope that they can continue improving and achieve real-life 198s, even in the postseason. We’re all looking forward to seeing what these teams actually score when going against each other in sober circumstances. (AH HA HA like those exist.) Let’s get a move on already. 


2. LSU Tigers

RQS: 197.755
Previous ranking: 2

LSU holds onto #2 after a 197.575, a meet the team will be kind of meh about but that also did not feature several of the most important routines, particularly on floor. It’s a performance that may not be too representative of LSU’s current level, a maneuvering-for-postseason-health-and-lineup-answers kind of meet. I don’t think any of the backups who competed on floor got themselves into the main lineup with their showings in this meet, though we did see Cannamela on vault score better for her full than she did for the 1.5 last week, which may be an answer to that question. As of this point, the full looks the score-smart decision, even if that feels like playing it safe.


3. UCLA Bruins

RQS: 197.725
Previous ranking: 3

With a big 197 at Stanford, UCLA makes a slight move closer to LSU this week and will have a chance to pass, at least temporarily, after Tuesday night’s meet. Tuesday is supposed to feature backups, but it’s also senior night so 10s for everyone. Much of the focus of UCLA’s performance against Stanford will be on the bars 10s and how apparently Elizabeth Price doesn’t get the same consideration, but the real highlight of the Bruins’ performance was improvement in vault landings. This is still not a particularly Super Six-competitive vault lineup, which makes the landings all the more important. Now, about those early bars routines. UCLA is starting to hint that Kocian may come in on bars at the last minute. It’s a race against time, but at this point, go for it.


4. Utah Utes

RQS: 197.415
Previous ranking: 4

Utah stays 4th after a 196.800 in a loss to Michigan, a score that is dropped for RQS and a meet that will end up being more memorable for the internet controversy of MyKayla Skinner adding new gun-fingers at the Michigan team as her ending pose on floor (oopsers!) than anything Utah did during the routines. Now, it was still perfectly acceptable performance that would advance from a regional, but it featured uncharacteristically uncertain landings and tentative work, especially once the team moved to beam to end a close contest. By not being able to use this score, enough of a gap has opened up that it’s unlikely Utah will move higher than fourth as we go to regionals, though that’s still solid and would equal last year’s regular-season performance.


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RQS Update – Week 9

Here’s your weekly look at the current RQS picture and what RQS each team can reach based on scores from the weekend’s upcoming meets.

But first, this is what the regionals draw would look like if the season ended at this moment, using the in-progress RQS rankings from Tuesday, March 6th.

Regional A: 1. Oklahoma, 12. Arizona State, 13. Nebraska
Regional B: 2. LSU, 11. Oregon State, 14. Boise State
Regional C: 3. UCLA, 10. Arkansas, 15. Denver
Regional D: 4. Utah (host), 9. Washington, 16. Auburn
Regional E: 5. Florida, 8. Kentucky, 17. BYU
Regional F: 6. Alabama (host), 7. Michigan, 18. Georgia

Regional F, you guys.

Auburn and BYU are currently tied for 16th, but Auburn would win the tiebreaker right now (next highest score that isn’t being used for RQS).

The other hosts are Minnesota, Ohio State, NC State, and Penn State, so we shouldn’t end up with a host-pairing conflict this season. Unseeded hosts are assigned to a regional giving geographical precedence to the top seed in that regional. So, you know, try to assign Oklahoma, LSU, UCLA, and Florida to those four host locations using geographical arguments. Good luck.

The rest of the 19-36 teams are also placed geographically, but I tend not to prognosticate on how that would even go because the rules for geographic placement are intentionally ambiguous nonsense. Like: “Teams 19-36 will be placed geographically at one of the six regional sites, while at the same time trying to avoid, when possible, pairing multiple in-region teams and pairing conference rematches of the teams.” So, you place them geographically, just as long as they’re not placed with any of the teams that they’re actually near. Got it. No wonder all NCAA coaches go cuckoo-pants after 5 years.

Now, onto the RQSs. Scores in bold will be part of the six scores used for final RQS and can no longer be removed.

1. Oklahoma – 197.980
Road Score 1: 198.125
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.550
Home/Road Score 1: 198.375
Home/Road Score 2: 198.150
Home/Road Score 3: 198.025
RQS: 197.980

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 198.050

Oklahoma has used all of these 198s to open up a pretty sizable lead over the rest of the country. This coming weekend at home, there’s not too, too much OU can do in RQS because of having three home 198s already, but the following weekend on the road, Oklahoma will have a very juicy opportunity to drop that 197.550 and will have its sights set on breaking the all-time RQS record (198.055). That’s looking increasingly inevitable.


2. LSU – 197.715
Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 197.575
Road Score 3: 197.375
Home/Road Score 1: 198.175
Home/Road Score 2: 198.100
Home/Road Score 3: 197.450
RQS: 197.715

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.875

With a higher possible maximum RQS than UCLA after this weekend’s meets, LSU will be in the driver’s seat in terms of determining which team is #2 in next Monday’s rankings (though keep in mind that UCLA has a meet next Tuesday as well, so things may change again at that point). LSU will be looking to score 197.675 away at NC State on Friday to guarantee staying ahead of the Bruins on Monday’s rankings regardless of what UCLA does on Sunday.


3. UCLA – 197.650
Road Score 1: 197.750
Road Score 2: 197.625
Road Score 3: 197.500
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.950
Home/Road Score 3: 197.425
RQS: 197.650

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.770

UCLA will have a chance to move up on LSU after Sunday’s meet at Stanford, but it would require at least 197.775 and will also be dependent on what LSU does on Friday, so that number is likely to change.


4. Utah – 197.415
Road Score 1: 197.550
Road Score 2: 197.550
Road Score 3: 197.450
Home/Road Score 1: 197.700
Home/Road Score 2: 197.450
Home/Road Score 3: 197.075
RQS: 197.415

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.540

Utah withstood not competing last weekend and stayed 4th, and is already guaranteed to stay 4th in next Monday’s rankings regardless of what anyone does this weekend. Right now, Utah’s scores are about positioning itself to have a chance to catch UCLA with a better performance at Pac-12s.


5. Florida – 197.325
Road Score 1: 197.400
Road Score 2: 196.950
Road Score 3: 196.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.850
Home/Road Score 3: 197.725
RQS: 197.325

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.410

Florida is at home this weekend, and with three fairly tightly bunched home scores already, there’s not a lot the Gators can do to change the rankings. As in nothing. They’re going to be 5th after this weekend regardless. Florida will still have a chance to move up given a big result at SECs, but with a 196 road score already counting, it’s going to be tough.

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Week 9 Rankings

1. Oklahoma Sooners

RQS: 197.980
Previous ranking: 1

Oklahoma’s quest to finish the season ranked #1 is looking increasingly inevitable following an NCAA-high (and mostly fanciful) 198.375 over the weekend, which gives OU five 198s on the season with four meets remaining. Those four meets include a two-meet weekend on March 16th and 18th, so it will be interesting to see what Oklahoma does with lineups and resting gymnasts in upcoming meets because there aren’t really any scores left to get. I would expect to see a “we’re resting Maggie today” meet pre-Big 12s, which should provide a window into who some of the backups are and whether OU has those emergency-scenario 9.850s waiting in the wings, especially on vault and floor.


2. LSU Tigers

RQS: 197.715
Previous ranking: 3

LSU exchanges the 2-3 spots with UCLA again this week after a 198.100 at home against Auburn. The meet provided an interesting signal of transition toward the meaningful part of the season as LSU tried to ramp up its vault competitiveness by showing five Y1.5s. Vault is the only event where LSU is currently ranked outside the top 3, and the team is clearly very conscious of that in putting Harrold’s 1.5s back in and upgrading Cannamela to the 1.5. On the issue of using Cannamela and Harrold with 1.5s (versus Priessman’s full, or Cannamela’s full, or even getting Macadaeg’s full back in the lineup), LSU is faced with the now-classic conundrum of whether you go for a 10.0 start that might have a step back or a 9.95 start that can be stuck. Which decision is more score-smart? This conundrum has rendered vault THE event to watch lineup-wise these last couple years (take notes, other events), and LSU will have to grapple with that in the coming weeks.


3. UCLA Bruins

RQS: 197.650
Previous ranking: 2

Miss Val committed a slight breach of etiquette following UCLA’s victory over Nebraska when she acknowledged that the team keeps getting big scores despite not performing all that well. (Don’t you know you’re supposed to pretend you deserve everything and no one else deserves anything? It’s NCAA gymnastics after all.) UCLA recorded a perfectly acceptable 197.500 to increase its RQS, but from what we saw the performance was a little blah on beam, and based on the scores, really blah on vault. (Beam seems like a blip, but we’re all still worried about vault.) UCLA has a quick two-competition stretch coming up as well with a Sunday and Tuesday meet next week, but Tuesday being senior night provides a pretty natural resting schedule since Sonya Meraz is a senior and should come into lineups to do all the everythings in her final home meet anyway, allowing your Rosses and Ohashis to take a little break.


4. Utah Utes

RQS: 197.415
Previous ranking: 4

Utah didn’t compete over the weekend, so nothing to report, but was able to retain the #4 ranking because Florida had trouble in its quest to pass.


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